Poem on Wednesday #7

“Madrigal”, de Gutierre de Cetina

This sixteenth century poem is one of the most famous Spanish poems ever. Written by former soldier Gutierre de Cetina, it seems to be a traditional love poem, describing “clear and serene eyes” — but they look at him so angrily that it doesn’t seem like their owner returns the poet’s affections!

Ojos claros, serenos,
si de un dulce mirar sois alabados,
¿por qué, si me miráis, miráis airados?
Si cuanto más piadosos,
más bellos parecéis a aquel que os mira,
no me miréis con ira,
porque no parezcáis menos hermosos.
¡Ay tormentos rabiosos!
Ojos claros, serenos,
ya que así me miráis, miradme al menos.

Join us next Wednesday for another classic Spanish poem!

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